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hospital, and they have helped to transform the public realm with projects all over the city, in particularly, the streetscape project. there is a tremendous amount that the workers of the department of public works to every day. i know that every single one of us gets constituent calls every single day related to what we need to do. on behalf of the board of supervisors, i want to thank you and the entire team for the work that you do to make certain that this city is one of the most amazing cities in the world. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you. members of the board, this is very humbling for me to be able to be up here, on behalf of the hard-working men and women of the department, and all the departments that do public
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works. it is also very meaningful to be recognized by you, the people who were elected by the people that we serve. 24 hours a day. one thing i found out in my years with the department is that the women and the man are very passionately, sometimes excessively committed to the infrastructure of the city, the buildings and streets and sidewalks. this is a labor of love for a lot of the different departments. this is an honor to be able to serve the city of san francisco, and this is something that we take very seriously, the responsibility to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives here, for those to make san francisco the great place that it can be. thank you for taking the time to recognize their work in the department. [applause]
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>> let's continue to proceed to recognize the honorees, with our supervisor from district 10. this is cohen. >> i am proud to stand before you to honor a fantastic human being. this is one of the great pleasures of being a supervisor. recognizing those who make great contributions. keith goldstein continues to give of himself and the surrounding community. i want to abolish the small business commissioners who are here. i want to thank you for your
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policy and the direction. first, we must welcome him, please stand, keith. [applause] >> mr. goldstein is the president of everest waterproofing restoration. he has more than 25 employees, active in district 10 and across the city. the president of the association of merchants and businesses. he is a fierce advocate in a positive way, and the bottom line, for his company he has been working to satisfy his clients and he does this in every aspect of his life. 32 years of experience as a licensed contractor in san francisco, and that of all his
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accomplishments, the main claim to fame that he has is that he has compiled and edited and industry manual, the practical guide to waterproofing exterior wall. if you are ever in need of some light reading and wonder how to waterproof the exterior wall, the expert is right here in san francisco. join me in welcoming keith goldstein. [applause] >> very quickly, i just wanted to talk about with the certificate -- how the streets. and recognition of his commitment to the san francisco small businesses, in recognition of his service as the president of the association of merchants
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and business, and in honor of small business month, the debate -- the board of supervisors extends the highest commendation for your dedication to the san francisco communities. we offer you our very best wishes on this very special day. >> thank you very much. a wonderful supervisor for the district, and i am have very lucky guy. i grew up in public housing in london and i had to do my business in the greatest city in the world. i want to thank my fellow merchants, in the back there. my fantastic stars, and i want to take this opportunity just to remind the elected officials that the locally owned small businesses are the true economic engine of the city. we hire local and we by local,
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we are not outsourcing the jobs. we will always be here in san francisco and we will not complain about payroll taxes. small business is where it's at. thank you very much for your honor. >> and i told you he was an advocate. >> the next hon. the recognized by the supervisor of district 4. >> before i bring him up today i want to thank the office of small business and the small business commission for all the
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work you do. the office of small business -- they have been very instrumental in helping us to get around the issue of compliance to make certain that the small businesses have the resources that they need to make improvements to the store fronts to avoid litigation. but now they work with the ball -- bar association to give us access to legal help. i want to thank them for their work on this. let me invite them up, if they can come up. i would like to recognize the small-business owners,the ducketts. they have been in the sunset district since 1977. an interesting thing about the hotel is that this is noteworthy because this is the first motel
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the open in april 1937, just in time for the opening of the golden gate bridge. ocean beach was the playground and this was beachfront property. although playland at the beach -- and the army base may all be gone, we still have a hotel to accommodate the visitors, and the attraction still remain there. the motel is an architectural gem, built with style and craftsman ship that has not been seen much these days. they're dedicated to conserving the hotel and its character and style, and recognized with a special award for their present -- preservation. more on the individuals who are remarkable in their own right. she is a san francisco native who worked for the united nations. he works for local dance companies. she also teaches yoga and health
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and wellness throughout the city. he studies fine arts and painting and specializes in working before he began to work at the ocean park motel. he is president of the sunset park site action committee. but he spearheaded the successful efforts to landmark the shriners hospital and the conservatory of music. but many of us will say, the hot -- the housing element is something that he worked very diligently on. we want to thank him for his work. with the reviews that we have of the sunset district, many of the natural resources and publications ranging from the new york times to sunset magazine, we hope that this will continue to thrive. if you will book a vacation in san francisco, i am asserted that they will be able to accommodate you. let's give them a round of
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applause. >> thank you very much. this is a great honor to be here today. more often than not we are down here, supporting one of these decisions. it is a treat to be down here and to thank you all. the ocean park hotel and all the things that we do there. i know that we all share with everyone here, the dedication to family, to the employees, to the customers, but also, a real commitment to san francisco. and being a good neighbor. returning something of what the city has given us. thank you. [applause] >> i am so extremely honored.
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i did not know that we had to speak. my father was a farm boy from oklahoma and he came to san francisco with a merchant marine, and he was a real estate investor, taking care of the old, distressed properties and when my parents died, we took this over and never imagined that this would be our life's work. we had a family there and we have had generations of people who have come to enjoy the hotel. we're very proud of what we do because people seem to enjoy what we do. thank you very much for honoring what we do. [applause]
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>> i have the honor of making the next presentation, and i have to start by saying that this was a very difficult task for me, as it was for all of my colleagues. we have so many amazing small businesses across the city. one thing i am the most proud of is the history of the northeast neighborhood that i represent. this was one reason i decided to honor josephine's bakery. can you come to the podium with your family? is the suracco family here? can you come to the podium? this bakery has been open for 100 years, at the same location near st. peter's church in washington square park.
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this was founded by a man who emigrated from italy, from which the bakery is named. this is owned and operated by this family and is run by his son, george, and his grandson, michael, and of course, josephine. they specialize in a single project. they sell 10 different varieties of this, including plant, onion, pizza, brazen, garlic, rosemary, and jalapeno cheese. i am said did not bring any to share. the baking starts early, although preparation starts as early as 3:00 in the morning. this is a unique bakery and a baking products, and it's frequently sold out before the afternoon. i suggest anyone who wants to
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get any of this show up as quickly as you can. i would like to congratulate the whole family for your generations of being small business owners in the city and for all that you have done for the stomachs of san francisco. [applause] >> i would like to thank all the supervisors were giving us this award, especially on the 100th anniversary. we went through everything pretty well, starting the business. my mom and dad had lived within a couple of blocks of the bakery all their lives. we have been through all the changes, we left the area. this is really an honor. thank you, all of you. [applause]
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>> the next presentation is from supervisor avalos. supervisor avalos: i would like to call up julianna and celia, the sisters of -- and reverent d gordon of the ingleside church. the award today, recognition goes to cafe de milanio.
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milanio duarte, who just passed away, ran the cafe de milanio on ocean avenue. we want to make certain that people recognize the great contributions that he made over the years. i have the pleasure of getting to know him over the years, over the last couple of years, and i found to be a wonderful person to have. he brought by a lot of people to share his love for music, and for dance, food and coffee. he took so much pride in his work, we had a memorial service for him at the presbyterian church.
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i have preceded him for so much and i got to see a different aspect of what he was about in terms of the community, the number of people he inspired with his love of music and dance, how he loved to raise children in his cafe, for the parents who lived close by, and the contributions he made in the world. this is what he was looking at, around the world. he spoke many languages. he gave so much to the community, that they will continue on. even after he has passed away. that is the great legacy. the cafe will continue to provide a space for people to enjoy good food, and each other's company. i just got here about a month and a half ago and, you have the cafes and people enjoyed
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each other's company. they present the same kind of feeling. it is rare in this country. to see the cafe continuing, we look at what we can create in terms of the community space on ocean avenue. i want to thank the family for keeping the cafe open. we have his girlfriend, she is here in the back and i want to thank you for your efforts to create community space, there is a fund in place to help pay for the cremation services and the internment of the remains in argentina. if you would like to donate, you can send donations to the cafe
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or drop off at any bankamerica address. on behalf of the board of supervisors, i would like to recognize the great contributions of -- i would like to thank you on behalf of the family and rev. gordon as well. [applause] >> [speaking spanish] [applause]
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>> thank you to everyone who helped us to keep the cafe and to keep the business going on. thank you very much again. i am waiting with you for a cup of coffee there. [applause] >> distinguished board, i am in my 33rd year now. i had the privilege of welcoming -- into the community. a very rare human being is how i
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can describe -- truly a citizen of the entire world. i view san francisco as a microcosm of the world community. we used to gather there and we were really treated with much love. i would like to welcome the sister and niece back to the community. we pray for your business and we thank you, hon. supervisor, for having enough insight to recognize such a great great institution. thank you very much.
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[applause] >> one of our colleagues is not here today but supervisor campos has provided supervisor avalos for an honoree in district 9. >> we would like to call up donald houston. while i'm speaking on behalf of david campos, i can speak on behalf of myself because i'm a big fan of el rio.
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there has been many fund-raisers there that i have been part of love. this really creates a sense of community space as well. a lot of activists as well. we had teachers from the san francisco unified school district. last friday will be the last day of school. this will be a big party lasting long into the night. not only is this a place to meet a friend, the barbecue on the back patio is a place that understands that supporting local community is good for business. they often provide significant discounts to community based organizations to host fund- raisers. recently, they donated three
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proceeds to the victim of a fire on valencia's street. thank you for all of your great work. [applause] >> i am here representing don who could not be here as well. she did try a little speech. it is an honor and to be included among the other businesses chosen. this is a brave act to be a small business. this is an admirable act to irresponsible to our communities. congratulations to all of you. thank you to our supervisors. david campos is well thought of and has consistently done well by us.
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a great many people have been and are responsible to make el rio responsible. thank you. on behalf dawn and myself, thank you. >> before i start, i would like to acknowledge a business in the castro. i would like to acknowledge steve adams. for those of you who have not been to a meeting, you walk in,
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they are often 70-80 or even a hundred people there. they're amazingly active. today, i am pleased and honored to honor a real institution from the castro stops working with andy is truly an institution. this is the around for about 40 years. i was about 1 years old when they started it. this is a 24/7 restaurant but is always open. this is right at the corner of castro and market on 17th
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street. being from new jersey, i am a fan of diners and able to get breakfast fruit anytime day or not. i have always appreciated walking into orphan annies at any time and getting what ever want. this serves as a gathering space for the community, somewhere where anyone can go at any time and just the comparable and particularly for lgbt people, having a place we can go whether you are a customer or an employee and you have a lot of people who worked -- and this is an amazing thing. equally important to their successful running of the 40- year business in our committee, dennis and bill also play a very important role in maintaining the jane warner plaza formally known as the 17th street plaza. this was the first laws that in
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the -- department of the city and this was an experiment. when you do an experiment, you never know how it will go. one of the issues that we have in san francisco with a lot of our public spaces is how do we maintain it and keep it up with a limited budget. you rely on volunteers, you rely on people in the community who will take care of the property. dennis and bill have done that in a remarkable way. they are the eyes on the years of the plaza. they call the police when necessary, they fix things in the plaza, they move the tables and chairs in and out every day. it is not the restaurant. they weave and maintain the plants and the greenery in the plaza. they do this for exactly $0.
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they do this because they love their neighborhood. our community has really come to depend on dennis sanibel and the restaurant for making sure that this plaza is the great public space that we know it is and will continue to be. we are all extremely lucky to have the small business owners so devoted to our neighborhood and our community and i'm thrilled to be able to honor orphan annies. [applause]